RENTON--Camas HS standout Alexa Efraimson (left/photo by Paul Merca), fresh off a tenth place finish at last week's IAAF Diamond League meeting in New York, tuned up for a possible showdown with Mary Cain by winning the 800 meters at the Brooks PR Invitational meet at Renton Stadium.
After what appeared to be a slower than normal start, partly due to the wind on the backstretch, Efraimson, the national record holder indoors at 3000 meters, powered away to a national prep-leading time of 2:03.26, winning by nearly three seconds over Hannah Parker from New Hampshire (2:06.12), and University of Washington commit Rose Christen of Central Kitsap HS (2:06.35).
Efraimson said afterwards, "We were able to take it out in the pace I wanted in the first 400, and then it was a race for the finish. If feels really good to have a new PR with great competition."
In the girls' mile, Washington commit Anna Maxwell from San Lorenzo Valley HS in California finished third in 4:44.07, while fellow Husky commit Megan Beauchane from Kamiakin HS was eighth in 4:52.06.
Another Husky commit, Hannah Derby from Bellarmine Prep HS in Tacoma, was fourth in the 400 in 57.69.
On the boy's side, Husky commit Drew Schreiber was fifth in the mile in 4:09.28, while future Dawg and California state 3200m champ Fred Huxham was ninth in 4:10.53.
Washington State commit Jonnie Green from Ephrata was fifth in the 100 meters in a wind-aided 10.63.
In the day's first event, Northport HS from New York came close to taking down the long-standing national record in the 4 x 1 mile relay, as they ran 17:06.92, just missing the 1976 mark set by South Eugene HS of 17:06.6.
However, sharp-eyed observers at the meet noticed that the cones lining the track (Renton Stadium does not have a curb on its track) may not have been spaced or placed properly. paulmerca.blogspot.com was not on site at the beginning of the meet and can not vouch for the accurate placement of the cones during that race.
Bethan Knights of Northwood HS in Irvine, California set a national record in the girls 2-mile, running 9:53.54 to take down Aisling Cuffe's three year old best of 9:54.22.
NOTE: Brooks Running contributed to this report.